U.S. Aircraft Intercept Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Near Alaska

MOSCOW (Reuters) -
A still image, taken from video footage and released by Russia’s Defense Ministry in 2016, shows a Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bomber. (Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters)

U.S. fighter jets intercepted and escorted four Russian nuclear-capable bombers during a routine flight over neutral waters near the United States, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.

Russia said the 11-hour flight, carried out by its Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers, complied with international law and that U.S. F-22 Raptor tactical fighters had accompanied its planes during some stages of their flight.